Top 5 Dog Training Tips

1.  Pay Attention to Body Language

Observe your dog's body language.  If your dog appears to be uncomfortable in a new environment or meeting other dogs, animals or people, don’t force the issue and insist he interacts.  Doing so can lead to behavioural issues.  It's important to make gradual introductions in a safe and controlled manner. ...
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Separation Anxiety – Part 2

The Treatment Plan

The objective is to reduce and eventually eliminate the dog's underlying anxiety by using  desensitization and counter-conditioning.  Instead of anxiety developing when left alone the dog learns to relax and starts to find some joy in the experience.   We can initiate this change by introducing a series of rewards that override...
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Separation Anxiety – Part 1

A relatively common condition, separation anxiety occurs when the owner or guardian has left or is about to leave.  It results in unwanted behaviour such as barking, howling, chewing, digging, urinating, defecating, coprophagia (eating of feces) and attempts to escape.  Although all of these can...
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Submissive Urination

Submissive urination is not an abonormal behaviour.   In the canine world urinating  in the presence of other dogs is one way to communicate that she is not a threat. ...
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What Causes Paw Licking?

Excessive paw licking is a common issue that can lead to serious skin problems if left untreated.  There are a number of causes and it is important to identify the correct one to ensure the appropriate treatment is applied.  As part of the identification process observe which paw or paws the dog is licking.  If...
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The Pug


Dating back to 400 BC the Pug is considered one of the oldest breeds of dogs.  There is considerable debate as to the origins of this lovable breed.   Most breeders believe it originated in Asia descending from a Pekingese lineage.  Others suggest Pugs have their origins in either a Bulldog, or...
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Is Apartment Living Appropriate for your Dog?

Living in an apartment with a dog can be challenging.  Too much time spent at home often leads to dogs becoming frustrated and bored resulting in unwanted behaviours such as barking and chewing.  Fortunately, with some planning and research into dog breeds, the development of such behaviours can usually be prevented.  Many breeds of dog...
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What is “Bloat”?

Bloat is the second leading cause of death in canines and is extremely stressful and painful.  It occurs when something has gone wrong with the digestion of food resulting in rapid gas buildup inside the stomach.  The stomach blows up like a balloon and the severe stretching of the stomach cells can cause cell death...
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Country of Origin.  Germany

The Pomeranian or Pom Pom is classified as a Spitz breed.  It descended from the sled dogs of Iceland and Lapland and was bred down to its current size in Pomerania, which is located along the southern coastal area of the Baltic Sea.  Poms Poms popularity can largely be attributed to...
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Walking Large Dogs Off Leash

Walking a dog off leash can be a great bonding experience between the handler and dog.  It's a great way for your dog to explore, socialize, engage and utilize all her senses while burning off energy.  When deciding whether to walk your dog off leash most people consider a combination of factors including: location;...
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